Marshall says Roethlisberger “tried to hit us with the okie doke”

AP

Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger suffered a shoulder injury in the wild-card round. And he then made it sound a lot worse than a sprain of the AC joint, voluntarily disclosing that he also had torn ligaments in the shoulder.

The spontaneous admission during a radio interview with 93.7 The Fan in Pittsburgh seemed fishy to many, and the Broncos didn’t buy it.

“Well, we knew he was gonna play and we knew he was gonna come out healthy,” linebacker Brandon Marshall told PFT Live on NBC Sports Radio. “Definitely when he threw the first pass of the game, he threw a deep ball. All that stuff he was saying in the media about torn ligaments and all that other stuff, but he came out and took a shot deep and we were like, ‘Oh, okay. They tried to hit us with the okie doke because of the, oh, he’s hurt, he’s this, you know. But we prepared like he was gonna come out and play well, which he did.”

It’s actually odd that the Steelers went deep right away. To make the “okie doke” work, they should have gone with a few short passes and running plays early, making the Broncos think Roethlisberger really couldn’t uncork it. With the Broncos already thinking that Roethlisberger was deliberately embellishing the injury and expecting him to be able to make all the throws, the Steelers dialed up the deep ball at a time when the Broncos were far more likely to expect it.

As noted by Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Steelers were “quietly upset” that players like Broncos cornerback Aqib Talib suggested after Sunday’s game that Roethlisberger was faking the injury. But it’s not that anyone thinks he wasn’t injured; the suspicion arose after Roethlisberger tried to make the injury seem worse than it was, which in turn was aimed at creating the impression he would be more limited than he actually was.

Still, even without receiver Antonio Brown, a banged-up Roethlisberger and the Steelers nearly had enough to win. If the team can avoid major injuries in 2016, they will be a threat to make a run at their seventh Super Bowl title — and a third ring would nail down a spot in Canton for Roethlisberger, his busted shoulder, and any other injuries he has exaggerated or embellished, dating all the way back to his rookie season, when he claimed after a loss to the Patriots in the AFC title game that he played with broken toes and former Steelers coach Bill Cowher didn’t hesitate to publicly say the toes weren’t broken.

Which is another way of saying, a dozen years ago, that Ben was faking it.

68 responses to “Marshall says Roethlisberger “tried to hit us with the okie doke”

  1. I wouldn’t give them the Super Bowl crown yet. They have a tough division to play in. The Bengals, Ravens, and now even the Browns are tough, hard hitting teams.

  2. The donkey morons just can’t shut up can they? They barely beat a team that has a horrible defense and missing their biggest playmakers on offense and you would think they went 19 – 0. They are getting clown stomped on Sunday and even that won’t shut their classes mouths up

  3. Dansardo, I’m pretty sure he was being interviewed. You know, the WINNING TEAM’S players are generally asked to do that. Quit crying so hard dude.

    Why does Ben have to play up his injuries like that? That’s as bad as a team lying on an injury report.

  4. Watching the games and listening to Mike Tomlins interviews one things for sure.

    The Steelers are definitely fans of Makaveli.

  5. I live in Pittsburgh and it’s a known fact that Big Ben likes to embellish his injuries all the time. I think him and Bill Cowher actually got into it about that very thing. Other teams and players just notice it now. He’s still a tough player and will play the game when injured. Just sometimes he can stub his toe and limp like he broke his foot for the rest of the game!

  6. He’s a great quarterback and should knock all that off. Don’t talk about injuries at all–it’s pretty simple.

  7. Hey, Marshall, you should be worried that a banged up QB with a banged up line with its top receiver out with a third string back replacing two other stars…you got ripped for well over 300 yards again.

    Don’t think that the Pats won’t look at that film and the previous torch job of your D in the regular season by Ben………..and expose you. The myth and the mouth….your season’s going south.

  8. Yeah…..not like Ben has a history of making it seem he is on deaths door and then managing to play the next week or anything.

  9. This team was aided by blatant PI calls that weren’t called. Still, the team surprised me. They greatly need help in the secondary and some depth in a few other areas but this is a solid team. 3rd against the run, 11th in scoring defense and 3rd in sacks…31st in passing yards was alarming.

    Broncos should be sending Burfict a thank you gift for helping them win. Ben racked up 300+ yards without Brown, imagine what would’ve happened with him. Good effort, great season, now they just need to stay healthy and build on it.

  10. Is that the best thing you can come up with, Marshall? So a guy embellishes an injury – so what. Manning embellished giving himself up on a play, got up, and threw a pass. Should have been whistled dead. Bet a roughing QB penalty would’ve been called if he got hit after getting up. The QB “giving himself up” rule will definitely be analyzed by the league after that fiasco.

  11. Beat the Pats fans here except for one. lol Waiting for the rest.
    I have been watching the NFL for 50 years. I have never seen a player play through as many life threatening injuries as Big Ben. Seems as though every year he plays through a career ending injury three or four times.

  12. Listen, Since the Steelers were destroyed by Tebow in the Playoffs years ago, they are now under the tebow curse. They have one * playoff win since. (They needed coaches to go onto the field to provoke the bengals, which was learned behavior from Tomlin’s little escapade to go onto the field). The curse is real and the frauds from Pittsburgh were only in the playoffs because they played 5 back up QB’s down the stretch and a backup QB in the playoffs. In the end the Tebow curse prevailed in so many ways!

  13. And BSPN spent all week suggesting the Patriots were the ones playing games with the injury report. Typical.

  14. Thank you for calling out this Drama Queen for what he is. There is no way he could have played in this game with all these claimed injuries.

  15. It takes ben 3 rings too get to canton but only 1 for PM & Arron? Lame that only media gets to vote and they only vote for their ‘friends’.

  16. the league looks at everything else, it’s time for them to start looking at Roethlisberger for embellishing injuries to obtain a competitive advantage. The injury report is the injury report other than that players should not be commenting on their health.

  17. According to Simms the deep pass on the first play was an audible. Regardless, the Broncos have given him plenty of time to heal up just like they did 4 years ago.

  18. I’ve seen players limp off to the locker room with torn ACL’s… But Ben took a cart because of a sprained shoulder??

    Not saying he wasn’t injured, but he’s definately a little bit of a diva when it comes to wanting to embelish his injuries a bit. You can be tough AND a diva. They are not mutually exclusive.

  19. I’m just guessing here, but he might have thrown that deep pass first because he had recently got a pain killing injection and that’s when the arm felt best. If he was unsure whether he could do it later in the game, best to try and score quickly with a long pass early.

  20. I’m shocked anyone would think Big Ben is dishonest. After all, he’s led such an exemplary life off the field as well as on. Apparently, once you get away with lying, you just can’t stop.

  21. Loved the play call, play action deep ball on the first play.

    If they hit a home run with that it’s a huge boost of confidence and early points against a good defense.

    Ben is the only qb to throw for 300+ against them this year, and he did it twice.

  22. I love how all these steelers fans have something go against them and it’s either the refs fault, rodger Goodells fault, or they are just plain classless. If vontaze burfict played for the steelers they would already have a statue of him.

  23. If the Steelers want to win the SB next year they need two things 1) Burfict’s suspension to be upheld and 2) play the Bengals 2 of their first 3 games otherwise Tez is going to tear them a new one.

  24. I thought the Steelers should have lulled the Broncos into believing he couldn’t throw deep, and then hit a long one when they least expected it.

  25. “Which is another way of saying, a dozen years ago, that Ben was faking it.”

    Somebody get Ben a retroactive Grammy – Adam Jones

  26. When was the last time a player hyped up his injury more than Roethlisberger did before this game? Belichick would be rolling in his bed if his players spoke so freely about their injuries. The only reason anyone would be so “forthcoming” about the severity of an injury is to mislead the opponent.

    It was a good attempt and frankly it might have made the Broncos overconfident, hence Ben torching their secondary. You Steelers fans need to realize there are a lot of behind-the-scenes games that get played each week. I’m not sure why you’re so angry about learning that type of gamesmanship goes on. It’s as if you just learned Santa Claus isn’t real and choose not to believe it.

  27. Marshall and Talib clearly have no idea what their talking about. Taking a shot deep on the opening play has nothing to do with it. Would you like Big Ben to clearly hand you over the playbook on all their short passes that day? Of course, he was going to take a few deep shots. Big Ben was clearly still hurting and to think otherwise is completely absurd.

  28. Hey citizenstrange, how is 4-5 drops Ben’s fault? How is the refs not calling 2-3 obvious PI’s in the end zone Ben’s fault? Ben is the only QB to throw for 300 yards on the Broncos defense this year, he not only did it once but twice. Take off your hate googles for a minute and realize this wasn’t on Ben this time.

  29. I’m shocked anyone would think Big Ben is dishonest. After all, he’s led such an exemplary life off the field as well as on. Apparently, once you get away with lying, you just can’t stop.

    Sorta like Ray Lewis… Now I get it

  30. What I find ironic to an epic extreme is two things combined:

    1) Ben is always playing with broken toes, ruptured spleen, missing pancreas, etc., and
    2) Nobody is EVER flagged for roughing #7, EVER.

    So you got a guy getting whalloped all the time, many dirty hits that never get called, and even the papercuts get the “well hopefully I won’t die by the end of the season” treatment…

    What a combo!

  31. Tomlin’s teams — the ones without Cowher-coached players — have been sloppy, reckless and undisciplined.
    Those are the 3 reasons they keep losing against lousy teams (11-15 since 2012).
    Those are also the 3 reasons they are through winning Super Bowls with Tomlin as their coach.

  32. He went downfield on the first pass because they hoped to score a TD. If he hadn’t overthrown the receiver, they would have, and it wouldn’t have mattered that the cat was out of the bag.

    Rothlisberger did suffer a shoulder injury that might have kept him out of the game if not for the drugs that ensured he felt no pain. But yes, he exaggerated the extent of the injury. All of us knew he didn’t have torn ligaments because a) that never came from the team, and b) he couldn’t have played with torn ligaments no matter what they shot into that shoulder.

    Was Ben playing up his heroism … or the shell game teams have played for years to keep opponents guessing about injuries? Who knows? I’ve seen the guy play with significant injuries, and I’ve seen him exaggerate his injuries. He’s played brilliantly, and he’s played like a chump. He can be one of the best in the league, and he can make me want to wring his neck.

  33. It’s actually odd that the Steelers went deep right away. To make the “okie doke” work, they should have gone with a few short passes and running plays early, making the Broncos think Roethlisberger really couldn’t uncork it. With the Broncos already thinking that Roethlisberger was deliberately embellishing the injury and expecting him to be able to make all the throws, the Steelers dialed up the deep ball at a time when the Broncos were far more likely to expect it.
    ___________________________________

    Your first sentence proves why this was a good call by the Steelers. The Broncos prepared as if the Steelers were going to do what you just said: “a few short passes and running plays early”, but instead they went deep right away, and (aside from a bad pass) almost caught the defense off guard.

  34. If I were a Steelers’ fan, I’d really be angry at Ben. All he cares about is looking like a hero. Look at the beatdown last year by the Ravens. He gets knocked out, leaves the game, their backup marches them down the field just fine, and then Ben insists on coming back and throws a game ending pick in the end zone. As for last week, that so-called last minute drive was a giant gift from the refs who failed to recognize that Steelers’ coaches, just like the players, are now deliberating trying to start fights in order to draw flags. Hilarious. What a bunch of slime balls.

  35. For those that like to call Ben a drama queen, could you please use the whole name. 2 Time Superbowl Champion Drama Queen! Thanks!

  36. If I were a Steelers’ fan, I’d really be angry at Ben. All he cares about is looking like a hero. Look at the beatdown last year by the Ravens. He gets knocked out, leaves the game, their backup marches them down the field just fine, and then Ben insists on coming back and throws a game ending pick in the end zone. As for last week, that so-called last minute drive was a giant gift from the refs who failed to recognize that Steelers’ coaches, just like the players, are now deliberating trying to start fights in order to draw flags. Hilarious. What a bunch of slime balls.

    Slime balls? Tebow dude did you forget about the statue…. You know … To a felon.

    Be has Wawa-Ed about injuries before some times justified some times not. If it helps a little bit great no harm no foul.

  37. WAIT A MINUTE??? I just found this is the SAME Brandon Marshall that was cut by the Jacksonville Jaguars…. this kid has ZERO credibility and ZERO history in the NFL.

    And now he’s calling out Gronk???

    LOL I’ll be sure to keep an eye out for this clown Sunday and see how he covers Gronk.

    SHUT UP kid and play football!!!

  38. I have NEVER been so shocked in my life to hear that someone thinks Ben is faking an injury, or embellishing things to look like a tough guy. It’s even worse seeing that he is like 6’5″ 260 and looks like a hot wing eating champion.

  39. If we are going to be entirely accurate the name is ……

    2 Time Super Bowl Champion Rapist Drama Queen.

  40. Dansardo, I’m pretty sure he was being interviewed. You know, the WINNING TEAM’S players are generally asked to do that. Quit crying so hard dude.

    Why does Ben have to play up his injuries like that? That’s as bad as a team lying on an injury report.

    I’d say there should be some proof to back up these claims. I’ve yet to see a Dr. Or anyone else that might have CREDIBLE insight dispute Bens and the steelers claims. You say “WINNING TEAM” like it was destruction. One might go so far as to say the GIFTED TEAMM. Considering the broncos 3 biggest plays were all three “assisted”.

    1.first punt return- block in the back right at the point of attack. Return leaves broncos in fg range

    2. Anderson 34 yard run. The center literally tackled mclendon at the point of attack.

    3. The manning slide that while it didnt end up as points, it did flip field posistion by 35 yards.

    Im sure you will say the steelers were gifted calls too. The ben “fumble”. He was called in the grass and the fumble occurred after the play was dead. Then the muffed punt that i see so many bronco fans suggest should have been down at the 1 or a safety. They all forgot about the illegal formation on denver that would have resulted as a rekick even if the call was wrong so no harm there. Throw in the no calls against talib in the endzone twice and i think its fair to say the officials played a role in the outxome.

    Even with all of that the steelers had a good chance to win and minus some questionable coaching decisions (which i mostly blame the outcome on ) they probably should have. They were the better team most of the game. Credit the broncos though for making plays in the end when they had to.

  41. History repeating itself? I can recall a preseason game back in the 1980s when Terry Bradshaw was carted of the field on a stretcher right before halftime and then he led the team back on the field to begin the second half. Ben’s taking lessons from Bradshaw on this…. GO STEELERS!!

  42. it’s awesome when a guy who’s name is “6superbowls” tries to take a shot at the character of the guy being interviewed because he has mistaken him for a player of the same name, who doesn’t play on that team or the same position. yea “your team” has 6 superbowls, and you’re just another bandwagon fan with very little knowledge of the game. clown.

  43. steelers lost and are done for the yr. now Pittsburgh fans get to focus on that train wreck known as the penguins, with syndi crosby and phil kessel as co-conductors.

    afc champ gm — NE vs denv — is hard to handicap. NEs offense is better than the injury-riddled pitt offense. but pitt’s defense is better than NE’s.

    bottom line…if denv put 23 up against pitt, they are probably good for 30 + vs NE.

    safe route may be to bet the OVER

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